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The home secretary is due to meet police chiefs to discuss better safety for MPs

MPs facing threats to their safety will get extra security, as part of a £31m package to help protect the UK’s democratic processes from disruption, the government has announced.

Measures could include the provision of bodyguards for MPs most at risk.

The funding will also be used for additional police patrols in response to increased community tensions.

Home Secretary James Cleverly said no MP should have to accept threats or harassment as “part of the job”

There has been growing concern in recent months over MPs’ safety since the outbreak of the war in Gaza.

Last week, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle cited threats to politicians in his controversial handling of a debate on calls for a ceasefire in the conflict.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has also raised concerns about MPs being “verbally threatened and physically, violently targeted” in recent weeks, with “legitimate protests hijacked by extremists”.

The Home Office said the funding package would be used to increase private sector security provisions for those facing greater risk and to expand cyber security advice to locally elected representatives.

It said the money would also ensure all elected representatives and candidates have a dedicated named police contact to liaise with on security matters.

Meanwhile, a new communities fund will be established to allow extra police patrols in England and Wales, with forces able to use the fund to increase police presence in response to specific events.

On Wednesday Home Secretary James Cleverly will hold talks with police chiefs to discuss how to better ensure the safety of MPs.

“The government will take every possible step to safeguard the people, processes and institutions upon which our democracy relies,” he said.

“I take the safety and security of all members of the House with the utmost seriousness. None of us should have to accept that enduring hate crimes, harassment, or threats is part of the job.”

Security Minister Tom Tugendhat said: “Over the past few weeks we’ve seen disgraceful attempts to intimidate MPs and undermine our democratic processes. That behaviour is a threat to our democracy, and toxic for our society.”

Earlier this month, Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood’s home was targeted by pro-Palestinian protesters, with the police warning his family to stay away as it could have “antagonised the situation”.

Another Tory MP, Mike Freer has said he is standing down at the next election, after death threats and an alleged arson attack on his constituency office had “become too much”.

The debate over the safety of MPs was heightened after the murder of Labour’s Jo Cox in 2016 and Conservative Sir David Amess in 2021.

The murders prompted a review of security measures, with changes including included improved security at MPs’ homes and offices and additional private sector-delivered security where necessary.

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